Dominion restores power to 600,000 customers

Richmond, Va., August 29, 2011 Dominion will restore power to 90-95 percent of the customers affected by Irene-related outages by the end of September 2.

Seventy-five percent will be restored by the end of the workday on August 31. In Northern Virginia, where Irene had lesser impact, restoration will be completed August 30.

Nearly all customers in the remaining areas, which suffered the most extreme damage, will have their electric service restored by the end of September 3.

The utility has restored power to about 600,000 of the 1.2 million customers affected by Irene-related power outages. Dominion is working to help ensure that customers have power for the Labor Day weekend.

More than 6,000 people are helping restore power, including more than 2,000 workers from utilities in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina and South Carolina. An additional 800 workers will arrive today and bring the total number of bucket trucks on the job to 1,100.

The Irene restoration effort is the company's second largest in its history, behind only Hurricane Isabel from 2003, when 1.8 million customers were affected and restoration took two weeks.

Irene's greatest impact was along a swath from Roanoke Rapids to Richmond and over to the middle peninsula – Gloucester and Northern Neck. The winds were more prolonged, if not as powerful at their peak, than those that affected Eastern Virginia, according to the National Weather Service, and the area is more heavily wooded.

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